Taurine is a sulphur-containing amino acid abundant in the nervous system. It protects cells from ischemia-induced apoptosis, but the mechanism underlying this is not well established. The aim of our study was to explore the effects of taurine on two main pathways of apoptosis induced by ischemia: receptor-mediated and mitochondrial cell death. Brain slices… (More)
Acute ethanol administration causes extensive apoptosis throughout the nervous system. We studied the protective effect of taurine on alcohol-induced apoptosis in the cerebellum of developing mice. Taurine rescued a part of immature neurons by markedly reducing caspase-3 immunoreactivity and the number of TUNEL-positive cells in most cerebellar lobules.